Dr James Irvine


Electronic and Electrical Engineering

Personal statement

My area of interest is resource management and security for wireless communication systems. In over 20 years at Strathclyde, I have co-authored 3 books, 7 patents and over 120 research papers, and worked on a very wide variety of projects, from consultancy for multi-national wireless operators to small local businesses, and working on small scale circuit design to giving evidence as an expert witness. For much of the past 15 years, I was an Academic Co-ordinator for research programmes in the Mobile VCE consortium of universities, operators and manufacturers, including ‘Software Based Systems’, the ‘Personal Distributed Environment’, and ‘Instant Knowledge’ - secure context-aware networks. I am currently Vice-Chair of the User Needs and Requirements Working Group of the Wireless World Research Forum, and am General Co-chair of IEEE VTC2015-Spring in Glasgow.

I am active volunteer in IEEE, currently chairing the Standards Education Committee and Conference Publications Committee, and well as being Vice-President for Publications of the IEEE Vehicular Technology Society. A Board member since 2002, I was VTS President 2008-9, and was a member of Educational Activities Board chairing the web portals Editorial Board and then Strategy Committee 2010-3.

On the teaching side, I am Course Director of the Computer and Electronic Systems degree which is run jointly by the EEE and Computer Science departments, which is quite appropriate as I studied on a similar inter-faculty course as an undergraduate.


Has expertise in:

    • Radio Resource Management;
    • Error Control Coding;
    • Wireless System Design;
    • 4G, 3G and 2G Wireless Systems;
    • Wireless Sensor Networks;
    • Wireless Health Monitoring;
    • Security Protocols for Wireless Networks;
    • Communications for Power Networks;
    • Privacy

Prizes and awards

UBICOMM - Best Paper Award
Distinguished Lecturer

More prizes and awards


Security vs bandwidth : performance analysis between IPsec and OpenVPN in smart grid
Ghanem Kinan, Ugwuanyi Stephen, Hansawangkit Jidapa, McPherson Ross, Khan Rabia, Irvine James
2022 International Symposium on Networks, Computers and Communications, ISNCC 2022 2022 International Symposium on Networks, Computers and Communications (ISNCC) 2022 International Symposium on Networks, Computers and Communications, ISNCC 2022 (2022)
Submission on Statement of Scope – CMA Mobile Ecosystems Market Study
Paul Greig, Irvine James
Challenges and promises of 5G for smart grid teleprotection applications
Ghanem Kinan, Ugwuanyi Stephen, Asif Rameez, Irvine James
IEEE International Symposium on Networks, Computers and Communications (2021)
Bandwidth efficient secure authentication and encryption techniques on IEC-60870-5-104 for remote outstations
Ghanem Kinan, Hansawangkit Jidapa, Asif Rameez, Ugwuanyi Stephen, McPherson Ross, Irvine James
2021 International Conference on Smart Applications, Communications and Networking, SmartNets 2021 2021 International Conference on Smart Applications, Communications and Networking, SmartNets 2021 (2021)
Industrial and consumer internet of things : cyber security considerations, threat landscape, and countermeasure opportunities
Ugwuanyi Stephen, Irvine James
2021 International Conference on Smart Applications, Communications and Networking (SmartNets) (2021)
Survey of IoT for developing countries : performance analysis of LoRaWAN and cellular NB-IoT networks
Ugwuanyi Stephen, Paul Greig, Irvine James
Electronics Vol 10 (2021)

More publications


EE579: Advanced Microcontroller Applications (Level 5 module, option for CES, EEE)

This module teaches advanced microcontroller and embedded system design, including assembly language, real time operating systems, and advanced interfacing. At the end of this course students must construct a stand-alone product, capable of working independently of the development system. Assessment is by project.

EE470: Information Transmission & Security (Level 4 module, option for EEE, CES, EME)

This module provides a foundation in communications theory, including information theory, coding theory, a background in discrete mathematics, algebraic coding theory, before investigating cryptographic techniques and protocols. Assessment is by coursework and exam.

EE805: Communications for Power Networks (Masters level module, CDT)

The aim of this course is to provide students with the opportunity to develop a conceptual framework for analysing different communication networks used within the power industry (e.g. LANs, WANs, wireless networks and Internet). The course also introduces and discusses Industry standards as well as operational aspect of communications networks.

EE812: Cyber Security and Data Privacy (Masters level module, CDT)

The aim of this course is to provide students with an insight into the security requirements of power networks, the basic security primitives which can be used to provide protection to these networks, and and understanding of user security and privacy. The course covers the application of security processes to power networks and components, and also discusses case studies of attacks on industrial networks.

Research interests

Mobile communications has been my main area of research, with specific application to mobility, resource management and coding.  However, over the past few years I have been building up work in applications of mobile systems, in particular to assistive technologies and smart homes, and related and more general aspects of system security and privacy, in collaboration with Royal Holloway University of London. An important application of these technologies is in short range wireless networks (Personal Networks/Sensor Networks) between user devices, and a number of research programmes are now targeting this area with applications in health, system monitoring and vehicular networks.

Professional activities

IEEE Wireless Communications and Networking Conference
IEEE International Symposium on Networks, Computers and Communications
IEEE Blockchain 2019
IEEE 5G Summit
Smart Meter Roll-out : Sharing the UK’s capabilities
Keynote/plenary speaker
ITU Standards Education Workshop
Invited speaker

More professional activities


Care & Equity - Logistics UAS Scotland Phase 3 (CAELUS 2) (Future Flight Challenge)
Fossati, Marco (Principal Investigator) Akartunali, Kerem (Co-investigator) Cashmore, Michael (Co-investigator) Irvine, James (Co-investigator) MacBryde, Jillian (Co-investigator) Maddock, Christie (Co-investigator) Patelli, Edoardo (Co-investigator) Tapinos, Efstathios (Co-investigator) Vasile, Massimiliano (Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2022 - 30-Jan-2024
DEFGRID - The Utility DSbD Demonstrator (ISCF Digital Security by Design)
Atkinson, Robert (Principal Investigator) Andonovic, Ivan (Co-investigator) Coffele, Federico (Co-investigator) Irvine, James (Co-investigator) Michie, Craig (Co-investigator) Tachtatzis, Christos (Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2022 - 31-Jan-2025
5G New Thinking - Shared Spectrum Rural Network
Stewart, Robert (Principal Investigator) Andonovic, Ivan (Co-investigator) Irvine, James (Co-investigator) Michie, Craig (Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2020 - 31-Jan-2022
5G RuralDorset (5G-RuD)
Irvine, James (Principal Investigator) Stewart, Robert (Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2020 - 31-Jan-2022
The Scotland 5G Centre
Stewart, Robert (Principal Investigator) Andonovic, Ivan (Co-investigator) Crawford, David H (Co-investigator) Irvine, James (Co-investigator) Michie, Craig (Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2019 - 30-Jan-2022
AGILE - Aggregators as diGital Intermediaries in Local Electricity markets: EPSRC/ESC Follow on Funding
Galloway, Stuart (Principal Investigator) Irvine, James (Co-investigator) Stephen, Bruce (Research Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2018 - 30-Jan-2020

More projects


Electronic and Electrical Engineering
Royal College Building

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